LBF – The London Book Fair

Kickstart your year in publishing with us

The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for story creators, the hub of the publishing world and your essential spring chapter.

From the publishers and dealmakers to the copyright pros, the commissioners and the global licensers, including those involved in rights negotiation across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels, at LBF, we make you the story.

The fair unites the book community for three days of business, networking and learning.

The publishing industry is ever-changing, and so are we.

Our story - history of the fair

From very modest beginnings in the Berners Hotel near Oxford Street in 1971 as the Specialist Publishers’ Exhibition for Librarians, The London Book Fair – as it took the name in 1977 – has grown to be an essential part of the international book trade calendar.

Today, the entire international publishing industry is represented, from the giant houses we are familiar with to the smallest independents - the publishers of blockbuster novels and academic texts and the producers of children’s books and graphic novels.

To walk its floors is to experience knowledge and stories in all forms. It is impossible not to be captivated, fascinated and inspired.

Make your words come to life

The London Book Fair is packed with exciting and insightful events. From our Seminar Programme to our Authors of the Day - there is something for everyone.

The London Book Fair exists to help people make their words come to life in the vigorous and dynamic publishing industry.  We have a myriad of options for you to explore at our show, all to help you succeed.

Gathering people together, creating the perfect space to make connections and helping people through the shifting terrain that is the book industry is what we are all about. Explore our key show features and discover what’s on at LBF.

Our seminar programme provides insight into every aspect of the book world.

LBF holds various conferences during the fair, exploring many different topics such as rights, education and inclusivity in publishing.

At The London Book Fair, everyone belongs. We cultivate a culture of inclusion at all our events, where the very things that make each of us unique are celebrated.

Our exhibitors, attendees, partners and event colleagues are people from a wide variety of backgrounds, who make our shows stronger and our collective experience richer.

The hub of the publishing world

The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

Staged annually, our in-person event typically welcomes more than 20,000 publishing professionals to London for the week of the fair to learn, network, and kick off their year of business.

A global marketplace

We want to bring colour to the world of words. Every year we curate a first-class fair to give you a multitude of opportunities in London, the global publishing centre.

Since 2004, our Market Focus initiative has helped create both commercial and cultural partnerships around the world. Each year, we put the spotlight on publishing trade links with the country or region being showcased.

This is your opportunity to connect with the best of the industry in one place, as we bring together publishing professionals from all corners of the globe.

Industry sectorBooks, Prints, Licences, Libraries
Main product groupBooks, Childrens Books, Multimedia, Printing and Graphical Arts




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